All I Want is Knee Pain Relief
Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that bring people to the doctors. If you’re suffering from knee pain, don’t worry. There are many treatment options such as; joint injections, cold laser therapy, physical therapy, sports medicine and chiropractic care that can help get you relief.
The complexity of the design of the knee joint and the fact that it is an active weight-bearing joint are factors in making the knee one of the most commonly injured joints. Athletes take the most beating when it comes to their knees, especially with sports involving running. In older people the cartilage that provides a cushion in the knee often wears out producing chronic stiffness and pain but knee pain can affect anyone.
The knee is made up of 3 bones, 3 compartments, 2 menisci, 4 ligaments, cartilage, and many muscles and tendons. Balanced and coordinated motion of all of these structures allows the knee to move optimally and pain free. Pain, popping and less than optimal function of the knee can occur when any one of these components is not working properly. This can happen from injury, overly tight muscles, joint degeneration and even from foot, ankle or hip that can shift the way the knee is used. Some common conditions that cause knee pain are:
- IT band syndrome
- Meniscus tear
- Runner’s knee
- Patello-femoral pain syndrome
If you are experiencing knee pain, there are a couple of things you can try at home. The acronym most commonly used is PRICE, which stands for protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
- Protect the knee from any further injury by padding it or splinting it.
- Rest the knee by reducing any repetitive strain on it.
- Ice the knee. Ice reduces swelling and can be used for both acute and chronic knee pain.
- Compress the knee with a brace or wrap to help reduce swelling and to keep the patella aligned and to keep joint mechanics intact
- Elevate the knee to also help reduce swelling and to help fluid that would otherwise accumulate in the knee flow back to the central circulation.
If your symptoms do not improve using PRICE, you may need to see your doctor and inquire about other options for treatment. One option available is joint injections such as hyaluronic acid. These injections work wonders for people with osteoarthritis. Your body actually makes hyaluronic acid. It’s a natural part of the fluid that helps lubricate your joints and keeps them working smoothly. It also acts like a shock absorber. It keeps your bones from bearing the full force of impact when you walk. This injection replenishes that acid and helps improve pain. Cold laser therapy is another treatment option that helps dramatically accelerate the healing process and also helps with inflammation. Other options for treatment include physical therapy, sports medicine and chiropractic care all which will help get pain relief and have you back up on your feet.
Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine has a dedicated staff ready to answer any questions you may have about knee pain and treatment options. Contact us to schedule an appointment and stop letting knee pain keep you from doing the things you love.